Frosted Turtle Brownies feature two different store-bought brownie mixes that are dressed up deliciously with a layer of homemade chocolate frosting and smooth caramel sauce! Garnished with chopped pecans, these brownies have everything you love about turtle candies in every bite.

Frosted Turtle Brownies

Frosted Turtle Brownies

Frosted Turtle Brownies are here to change your brownie game forever! This easy recipe uses two different boxes of brownie mix to create brownies so good, they really taste like they’re from a bakery. As if that isn’t already delicious enough, they’re topped off with the most heavenly chocolate frosting, caramel sauce, and chopped pecans to really solidify that turtle flavor.

Turtle candies have always been near and dear to my heart. After all, who doesn’t like the crunch of pecans paired with sweet caramel and chocolate?! When you take that very same flavor palate and combine it with the gooey chocolatey goodness of rich brownies and smooth caramel sauce AND thick frosting, it’s pretty downright delicious. I dare you to try and eat just one!

Are you a chewy edge or soft centerpiece brownie lover? Either way, you won’t find a bad bite of these Frosted Turtle Brownies! Just make sure that every piece you cut has that signature combo of pecans, caramel, and frosting all piled high atop the perfectly baked brownies. Oh, and you’re definitely going to be licking utensils once you’re all done making the brownie batter, frosting, and caramel!

Frosted Turtle Brownies

Ingredients for Frosted Caramel Brownies

BROWNIES:

  • BROWNIE MIXES – 1 (19 oz.) milk chocolate brownie mix, 1 (19 oz.) triple fudge brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli Triple Fudge)
  • WATER – ½ cup water
  • OIL – ½ cup vegetable oil
  • EGGS – 2 large eggs

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

  • CHOCOLATE – 1 (4.4 ounce) extra large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate candy bar
  • BUTTER – 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • POWDERED SUGAR – 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • HEAVY CREAM – ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • VANILLA – ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • PECANS – ½ cup chopped pecans

CARAMEL TOPPING:

  • CARAMELS – 12 soft caramels
  • HEAVY CREAM – 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream
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How to Make Frosted Turtle Brownies

PREPARE. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a 9×13 inch cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

MAKE THE BATTER. In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix both brownie mixes, water, oil, and eggs until combined. Pour the brownie mixture into prepared pan.

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BAKE. Bake the brownies for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let them fully cool to room temperature before frosting.

MAKE THE FROSTING. Place the chocolate bar into small bowl. Microwave it for 30 seconds intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Set aside and allow to cool. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Fold in the milk chocolate until fully incorporated into the frosting.

FROST AND CHILL. Frost cooled brownies and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Place brownies in the fridge for about an 1 hour.

MELT AND DRIZZLE: In microwave, melt the caramels with heavy whipping cream and stir until smooth. Drizzle over brownies. Cut into squares.

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CUTTING BROWNIES INTO SQUARES: The secret to cutting brownies is to use a plastic knife or a silicone spatula because they don’t have sharp edges for the brownies to stick to, so they cut more smoothly. Also, make sure that the brownies are COMPLETLY COOLED before cutting.

Frosted Turtle Brownies
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Tips for the BEST Turtle Brownies

  • Line the pan with foil. To make it super easy for you to cut these brownies into squares, line your 13×9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Once the brownies have cooled lift the brownies out of the pan, folding down the aluminum foil sides. Use a sharp knife to cut these brownies into squares and enjoy!
  • Cut them perfectly every time! The secret to cutting brownies is to use a plastic knife or a silicone spatula because they don’t have sharp edges for the brownies to stick to, so they cut more smoothly. Also, make sure that the brownies are COMPLETELY COOLED before cutting.
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Yield: 2 Dozen

Turtle Brownies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
TURTLE BROWNIES

Ingredients

  • 1 (19 oz.) milk chocolate brownie mix
  • 1 (19 oz.) triple fudge brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli Triple Fudge)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (4.4 ounce) extra large Hershey's Milk Chocolate candy bar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 12 soft caramels
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream

Instructions

PRE-STEP: Preheat over to 325F degrees. Line 9x13 inch cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

 

STEP 1: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix both brownie mixes, water, oil, and eggs until combined. Pour brownie mixture into prepared pan.

 

STEP 2: Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let brownies cool before frosting.

 

STEP 3: MAKE FROSTING: Place milk chocolate candy bar into small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside and allow to cool. Using an electric or stand mixer, cream together butter and powdered sugar together until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract, and mix until combined. Fold in milk chocolate until fully incorporated into the frosting.

 

STEP 4: Frost cooled brownies and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Place brownies in the fridge for about an 1 hour.

 

STEP 5: In microwave, melt the caramels with heavy whipping cream; stir until smooth. Drizzle over brownies. Cut into squares.

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